Friends of Padre Steve’s World,
I wonder what the hell is going on in our country when the President, leading GOP Senators, Congressmen, and their political and media allies think that it is just fine to cast into doubt the integrity, loyalty, and patriotism of a combat veteran who was wounded in combat by our enemies.
That is happening today to Army LTC Alexander Vindman, an infantry officer wounded in Iraq and specialist on the Ukraine testified before a House Commission examining the impeachment of President Trump. He has been accused of treason by leading GOP politicians and the propaganda hosts of the Fox News Channel. For what I might ask? Simply because their actions against a combat wounded veteran willing to tell the truth are deplorable, and I mean that in the worst possible way.
It seems to me that for the current GOP there is no end to the abyss of morality, duty, honor, and country. To imply, suggest, or accuse an active duty, and combat wounded officer of treason for testifying to the truth of something that he witnessed is despicable. But it didn’t begin with Trump, it began in the swift boating of Democratic nominee, Silver and Bronze Star awardee, and Purple Heart veteran John Kerry by people affiliated with the Bush Campaign in 2004. It only got worse in 2015-2017 with President Trump’s attacks on John McCain, and since then other veterans.
Spurred on by the President the propagandists of the Fox News Network and other Right Wing Conspiracy theory television and internet broadcasts continue to attack any critic of President Trump as a traitor, even if they are testifying under oath and are combat wounded veterans. Their behavior is despicable and devoid of true patriotism. They are no better than Goebbels and the other Nazi propagandists who slandered and sent to their retirements and deaths more honorable officers and officials than themselves.
Their Soviet and Japanese counterparts were no better, and it appears that neither is Trump’s GOP. I spent 32 years in the Republican Party. I saw what Fox News and the Right Wing radio and internet radicals made that party. Even men like Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan who launched the party on it’s rightward course would no longer be welcome in it.
I am disgusted by their behavior towards LTC Vindman and other officers and officials who dare speak the truth. I will speak the truth until the day I die. I have taken the oath of office as an enlisted man, as an ROTC cadet, as an active duty Army officer three times, as an Army National Guard Officer twice, as an Army Reserve Officer once, and as a Naval Officer three times.
I am disgusted by men and women who never served a day in uniform or found a way to avoid service. When those men and women who never served or made sure that they used any excuse whatsoever to avoid service accuse those who put themselves in harm’s way I have nothing but contempt for them, from the President, to Senators, Congressmen, and their media and clerical hacks and allies.
Honor means more to me than the bullshit members of my former party have been spouting since their attacks on Senator Kerry in 2004, and combat veteran, historian, Senator, and Presidential Candidate George McGovern in 1972. As a 12 year old in 1972 I bought the propaganda of Nixon’s GOP. In 2004, I followed others into the abyss supporting George W. Bush and brushing aside John Kerry, simply because after his service he told the truth. The fact is that Kerry was a badass in Vietnam, courageous to to point of being wounded four times.
Now many of the same people are attacking the honor and credibility of active duty officers and former officials of the State Department, FBI, and CIA for telling the truth as they observed it happening in real time. Sadly, they are being incited and led on by the President himself. I fully expect that given the word that the President’s most loyal followers will do what they have stated and begin to kill the President’s opponents.
Truth tellers live in dangerous times. If you haven’t figured that out you better get used to it, especially if you are a truth teller and honor your oath of office. Sadly, the Trump 45 cult doesn’t believe in truth, and doesn’t tolerate critics. They only need a word from the President to begin their Night of the Long Knives.
So until tomorrow,
5 responses to “Since When is Obeying Your Oath of Office is Treasonous?”
It’s now too late for Trump’s loyalists to jump off the boat. The more depositions will be made, the more these loyalists will attack those who will have the courage and will dare to depose what they have been witness of.
Meanwhile someone back in Russia just can’t believe what he has accomplished.
This is not end Padre… the worst is yet to come.
As a footnote…
People sometime forget that we are not immortal, but our legacy is.
I had read this just before I had read your post Padre…
The Trump clan has created an alternative dictionary, which was made clear by none other than Kellyanne Conway on Trump’s first full day in office, when she defended Sean Spicer saying the inaugural crowds were the largest ever … she said there were “alternative facts”. In the nearly three years that followed, many words have taken on new meaning. “Treason”, for example, now means any words or action that disagree with or cast aspersion on Trump or any member of his retinue, including his obnoxious children.
The members of the GOP (which, by the way, can no longer be said to stand for ‘Grand Old Party’) are working tirelessly to find ways to defend the indefensible. They have forgotten that their oath of office was to the Constitution and their loyalty is to the nation and its people … ALL the people, not just those whose net worth is six digits or more.
You mention ‘honour’, but there is no honour among thieves, and it is painfully obvious that those who continue making excuses for Trump are naught but thieves … robbing the people of this nation for their own self-interest. You compare the GOP sycophants and Fox News to Nazi propagandists, and I fully agree. Trump’s hold over this nation is frightening. He is an ignorant excuse for a ‘man’, but he has played his cards well … by accident or with help, I wonder?
Good post, Padre.
I totally agree Jill. Honor means nothing to them. BTW, love your blog.
Thank you so much, Padre! 😊